Gateway to Acupuncture
         Traditional Acupuncture in York and Darlington
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About Acupuncture

The Chinese medical approach involves a totally different way of looking at the body – and the emphasis is on balancing and harmonising the flow of ‘qi’ in the 'meridians' to optimise health and well being. Acupuncture focuses on treating the whole person rather than specific illnesses.

Who can acupuncture help?
Many individuals have multiple health issues and welcome a more holistic approach where connections can be made between different health problems, and treatment can address more than one symptom at the same time.

Research suggests that certain patient groups might find acupuncture a particularly acceptable intervention. These groups include poly-pharmacy patients (people that are already taking a multiple medications); individuals whose problems have not fully responded to conventional medicine; individuals who would like extra support in reducing medication or who find it difficult to tolerate the side effects of it, and also individuals who prefer a more natural approach.

People who receive acupuncture say it makes them feel more calm, relaxed and energised. Acupuncture also has a long history of being used to prevent illness recurrence. There is now molecular proof that acupuncture can help with stress reduction and can offer protective benefits against it (Eshkevari et al, 2011).

Evidence for acupuncture's effectiveness
The World Health Organisation has identified over 50 specific conditions where there is research into acupuncture’s effectiveness and The British Acupuncture Council also has a number of useful fact sheets for patients about effectiveness research into conditions including: arthritis; skin problems; chronic pain; fibromyalgia; headaches; hypertension; infertility; menstrual problems; insomnia; IBS; sciatica; stress and many more.
Acupuncture is recommended in NICE guidelines as a treatment for lower back pain 

How is a diagnosis made?
Oriental medicine has a number of special diagnostic procedures. Tongue, pulse and abdominal diagnosis all play an important role. The practitioner also considers the patient’s emotional state and temperament, the condition of their skin, facial colour, odours and sound of the voice. Also the systems of the body (sleep, appetite, digestion etc.) are affected in very specific ways that indicate particular patterns of imbalance and disharmony. A full case history is taken at the first consultation and treatment is an iterative process whereby an individual’s responses to it are used to help plan future treatment.
Treatment is the process of re-establishing the energy balance. This is done by stimulating acupuncture points with needles and moxa (artemisia vulgaris/mugwort), which may be used to warm specific points or a general area. As the person’s energy balance improves, health improves. If using Kanpo medicines these are given in powdered form and are convenient and easy to take.
Generally you will visit weekly to begin with and less frequently as you improve.
Does it hurt?
I have undertaken specialist training in non – insertion needle techniques, which are totally painless. Please inquire if you would like more information on this method known as Toyohari. 

Are there different types of acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been developing for several millenia all across East Asia and there are many different approaches and methods. I am trained in TCM; Five Elements, Vietnamese methods and japanese methods including Manaka style and Toyohari style treatment. 

I am a full member of
 the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine

            Pulse diagnosis is a cornerstone of Chinese medical diagnosis

Gateway to Acupuncture

Miller's Yard, 2 & 4 Millers Yard, Gillygate, York, tel. 07779 799110
The Civic Clinic, 2 Melland Street, Darlington tel. 01325 381326/07779 799110